The agent of Inter midfielder Roberto Gagliardini has told the media that his client won’t be coming to Nottingham Forest. The Reds were thought to be considering a move for the player but now he’s set to stay in Italy.
Beppe Riso has told Gazzetta Dello Sport that Gagliardini wants to carry on playing in Serie A. He’s also named the player’s next club, suggesting that he will sign for Monza next week.
The 29-year-old joined Inter from Atalanta for £20 million in 2017. He’s made 190 appearances for the San Siro giants, scoring 16 goals and registering nine assists.
Gagliardini earned vast praise for his performances during his time at Inter. In October 2020 a match report from Sempre Inter called him ‘quality’ after he helped Inter beat Benevento 5-2.
Forest won’t be getting the chance to sign Gagliardini, however. His agent has now dismissed the notion, with the Reds showing long-term interest since last summer.
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Riso told Gazzetta Dello Sport: “We are closing the agreement with Monza. We should be there next week. He’s going to play in Serie A.”
Gagliardini is a midfielder who operates in the defensive role particularly well. Previously in his career, he was tipped to be the heir to the throne of Daniele De Rossi, although things haven’t quite developed that way.
Gagliardini won’t be signing for Forest
In truth, it wasn’t clear whether or not Forest were still looking at the Italian player. It’s likely they were, however, given that they were willing to pay a transfer fee for him in January.
Still, this perhaps isn’t the end of the world. Forest will likely have bigger fish to fry this summer and Gagliardini is probably beyond his peak and has never played in the Premier League.
It will be interesting to see who Forest do sign this summer. One thing seems certain that the club will definitely prioritise quality over quantity this time around.